News story 10th Jun 2015

Anything is possible after a discovery tour of NYC

Visits to the United Nations, New York Stock Exchange and Bloomberg, as well as a Mets game and a Broadway show, were all on the 'to do' list for commerce student Emma Moore during a recent visit to the city that never sleeps.

Emma, one of eight Monash students, travelled to New York as part of the Global Discovery Program, an eight-day internship program organised through the University's External Relations, Development and Alumni (ERDA). They also attended functions with the President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO and senior Monash University alumni.

Global Discovery Program students

Emma, currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce/Law double degree as well as a Diploma of Languages (Chinese Language, Mandarin), said the time in New York had been an amazing journey.

"It was really a unique and enlightening experience; a great adventure – there was quite a bit to take in," Emma said.

Now back in the 'real' world of study at Monash, Emma said the trip had made her realise that anything was possible.

"I'm was particularly excited by the chance to learn from and talk to the UN policymakers such as Annette Richardson, a senior advisor for the UN's Office for Partnerships, about their own journeys as to how they've come to where they are today" Emma said.

"I was able to see real life motivation in practice – it has opened my eyes to the endless possibilities and how I can apply what I have learned through my degrees," Emma said.

Offered for the first time in 2015, the University's Global Discovery Program is an initiative of the US arm of the Monash Global Leaders Network – groups of active Monash alumni and friends in Hong Kong, Indonesia, mainland China, Malaysia, Singapore, UK and US.

The New York program is being led by Monash graduate Sue Fennessy (BA(SocSc) 1994). Motivated by her own Monash-sponsored visit to New York when she was a first-year student, Ms Fennessy, founder and CEO of data technology company Standard Media Index, and founder and chairperson of We Are 8 was instrumental in creating the program in collaboration with the ERDA team.

It was really a unique and enlightening experience; a great adventure – there was quite a bit to take in.

Emma Moore

Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws student

The aim of the program is to empower the students with the knowledge, skills and connections that enable them to excel on a world stage.

To be considered for the program, the students from across the University were asked to provide a short video on how they would change the world. 

The theme behind Emma's video was that greater open communication – such as dialogues, established frameworks and information sharing – can move global issues beyond the constraints of national interests.

In the future Emma said she saw herself supporting the next generation of students by making her time, expertise and resources available to support young students who had a desire to learn and contribute.

"More specifically, I'd love to participate in mentoring, or programs where I'd get to connect with young individuals to help them through their budding careers," Emma said.

To view all the 2015 submissions on the Monash channel visit http://welcometo8.com/monash/

For more information, visit the Global Discovery Program website.